Press Release

NIA inaugurates newly rehabilitated Mal RIS, turns over IA buildings and support facilities

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 15:47


NIA Region XI – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) inaugurated the newly rehabilitated Mal River Irrigation System (Mal RIS) and turned over Irrigators Association (IA) Buildings and Support Facilities in the municipalities of Matanao and Kiblawan, Davao del Sur, respectively, on September 21, 2018. Assistant Secretary Jann Roby R. Otero, Office of the Cabinet Secretary (OCS), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Chief Representative Yoshio Wada, and NIA Deputy Administrator (DA) for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G Gan led the said events.

The rehabilitation of Mal RIS amounting to P104.294 million is a JICA-funded project under the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) which has 11 projects located nationwide.

The project includes the construction of six (6) units of Irrigators’ Association (IA) Offices (84 square meters each), three (3) units of combined IA offices and warehouse (200 square meters each), 16.1 kilometers of concrete canal lining, construction and repair of 20 structures, five (5) new steel gates, and 15.7 kilometers of grading and gravelling, among others.

NIA-Daewoo Sign P11.212-Billion Contract for Jalaur River Multipurpose Project

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 08:59


NIA Central Office – The Jalaur River Multipurpose Project (JRMP) will be started earlier than expected with the signing of the contract between the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd. on September 03, 2018 at the Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor. NIA Central Office, Diliman, Quezon City.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya signs the Contract for NIA while Manila Branch Manager Se Won Park signs for Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd.

The P11.212-billion JRMP Stage 11 is the 8th big irrigation project to be ground break under the Duterte Administration, and the 2nd project to be funded by Korean Export-Import (KEXIM) Bank.  The recently inaugurated Pasa Small Reservoir Irrigation Project was the first project funded under a grant by the Korean Government through the KEXIM Bank.

The contract signing aims to pursue the construction of 109-meter Jalaur High Dam, 38.5-meter Afterbay Dam, 10-meter Alibutan Catch Dam, 80.74-kilometer Highline Canal, and its appurtenant structures. Groundbreaking is scheduled on the first week of October this year.

NIA acquires P110.5-million heavy equipment

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 14:18


Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B. Bagasin (middle left) and Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G. Gan (outermost left) receive the 17 heavy equipment keys from Volvo Vice President for Machine Sales Chito Litam (middle right) and Machine Sales Representative Ramir Ferrer (outermost right) during the Ceremonial Turnover of P110.5-million heavy equipment as part of the Agency’s Three-Year Re-fleeting Program.

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) acquired 17 units of heavy equipment worth P110.5M for use in irrigation project implementation, as well as for the operation and maintenance of existing National and Communal Irrigation Systems nationwide. The acquisition of heavy equipment is one of the Four-Point Agenda of NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya.

In a simple turnover ceremony held on September 10, 2018 at the NIA Grounds, the heavy equipment was turned over by the winning bidder, Volvo Merchandising, Inc., to NIA Top Management witnessed by CO Department Managers and employees. 

The purchase of heavy equipment constitutes the three-year re-fleeting program of 40 wheeled excavators for CY 2017-2019, which can be broken down as follows: 17 for CY 2017, 18 for CY 2018, and five (5) for CY 2019.

NIA fast-tracks project implementation

Friday, August 10, 2018 - 09:25


NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has conducted a review regarding the non-completion of 436 irrigation projects in 2017 with an aggregate amount of P11.938 billion. Among these, it has been found out that the P551.915-million Sta. Josefa Pump Irrigation Project (SJPIP) in Agusan del Sur suffered the longest delay reaching more than seven years.

The Agency’s assessment shows that the delays in project implementation are caused by various contributing factors, such as the Right-of-Way (ROW) problems, peace and order situation in project areas, delay in the release of funds and budget allocation process, delays incurred in the bidding process of civil works that attribute to the late start of contract works, unworkable site condition within the project area due to consequences of climate change affecting the construction operations, on-going farming activities, and poor contractors’ performance resulting to extension in project implementation.

These issues are being addressed by the NIA Administrator, giving stern warning to NIA field management offices to closely monitor project implementation so that any problem that may arise can be resolved immediately.

NIA Chief turns over irrigation projects in Basilan

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 15:00


NIA Region IX – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, led the Basilan Project Briefing and Mass Turnover Ceremony of five completed irrigation projects to respective Irrigators Associations (IAs) in Isabela City, Province of Basilan on August 03-04, 2018.

The turned over projects with an aggregate amount of P27 million, benefitting a total of 117 farmers and their families, include the Mahayahay Communal Irrigation System in Maluso, Tabiawan Communal Irrigation System in Isabela City, Kalayan Communal Irrigation System in Lantawan, Semut Small Irrigation Project in Akbar, and Colonia Communal Irrigation System in Lamitan City. These are carry-over projects from Calendar Year 2016 and 2017.

During the Management Meeting in NIA Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi (ZAMBAZULTA) Office on August 03, 2018, the Administrator reminded regional officials to use budget accountably and wisely. In implementing new policies and reforms in the implementation of irrigation projects, honesty and integrity must be firmly observed.


NIA inaugurates newly rehabilitated Mal RIS, turns over IA buildings and support facilities
NIA-Daewoo Sign P11.212-Billion Contract for Jalaur River Multipurpose Project
NIA acquires P110.5-million heavy equipment
NIA Chief turns over irrigation projects in Basilan